Originally Posted by RockandRide
So I am just wondering why you would use splint boots, polo wraps, bell boots and things like those? Some lesson horses use them but I was wondering why and hoe you decide whether to use them or not?
Most of the time folks use splint boots while schooling green horses that haven't quit figured out how to carry themselves and have a tendency of striking themselves on the legs. Bell boots are used for horses that have a very active hind end and tend to clip(over reach) the front heels with the toe of their hind hooves. Polo wraps and splint boots are also preventive way to avoid strain in the lower legs.
The best way to tell if you need them is to watch your horse move while being lunged. Sometimes while ridding a horse that tends to over reach you can actually hear them kick the bottom side of the front hoof when they step under themself with their hind leg/hoof.
Someone may correct me if I'm wrong or if I forgotten something. These are the reasons I've used them for while riding/lunging. Some people choose to use them and some don't. Just depends on the horse and owners preference.